Annual Congressional Dinner

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The 76th Annual Congressional Dinner Salutes Regional Reporters. 

A long-standing Washington tradition, the Annual Congressional dinner brings Capitol Hill and the media for a light-hearted evening together, a departure from partisan politics and the issues of the day.  The jabs are lighthearted quips from the podium and the only business at hand is a convivial, across the aisle congeniality.  

In 2019 sold-out audience of journalists and their congressional guests attended to hear lawmakers share the lighter side of working together in a not-always-so-convivial Washington, D.C.   Click here to watch last year's featured speakers Cheri Bustos, D-Ill and Dan Crenshaw, R-TX along with special guests Steny Hoye, D-MD and Steve Scalise, R-LA.

The Congressional Dinner is the major fundraising event that supports the work of the WPCF. Originally an event hosted by the Women's National Press Club, it remains the place for those who make the laws and those who cover them to share an evening of good-natured fun.  Funds from the event help important journalism initiatives including oral history projects documenting pioneering female reporters and annual summer internships in Washington bureaus to foster diversity in newsrooms.

Thanks to all the news organizations and their Capitol Hill guest who supported this year's dinner.  To reserve your table for 2020, send an email to  For non-media organizations interested in becoming a sponsor please visit our sponsorship page for more information.  

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors for the event include Facebook, Toyota, CQ Roll Call, The Hill, Ford Motor Company, The National Retail Federation, Airlines for America, and The Walton Family Foundation.  

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Reviews of past dinners......

The Washington Post

The Hill

Roll Call

Comedy Central

The Salt Lake Tribune

 If you would like information on how to become an event sponsor and be invited by the Foundation to also purchase seats at the dinner please contact the Foundation's Executive Director, Suzanne Pierron, at   

For photos of recent dinners or previous events visit our facebook page  or click on the links below

Archive Photo Gallery

Videos of previous dinners:

2018 74th Annual Congressional Dinner

2017 73rd Annual Congressional Dinner

2016 72nd Annual Congressional Dinner

2015 71st Annual Congressional Dinner

2014 70th Annual Congressional Dinner

2013 69th  Annual Congressional Dinner

2012 68th Annual Congressional Dinner Video

2011 67th Annual Congressional Dinner video

2010 66th Annual Congressional Dinner video